Show’s Over, Soup’s on: Where to Eat After a Big Night Out

The applause may have ended, but your appetite is still screaming. Here’s where to quell the hunger pangs near L.A.’s cultural mainstays


Hollywood Bowl, Arclight Hollywood, Pantages Theatre, Hollywood Forever Cemetery, Fonda Theatre

The Mediterranean-inspired tagines and Moroccan-style bites from Danny Elmaleh are as spicy as the scene here.
Open till midnight nightly. The Redbury, 1717 Vine St.
(4-minute drive from Hollywood Bowl)

theessentials_masa_t25 Degrees
At the Hollywood Roosevelt’s street-level diner, indulge in some of L.A.’s finest burgers round the clock.
Open 24 hours daily. 7000 Hollywood Blvd.
(4-minute drive from Hollywood Bowl)

theessentials_masa_tRuen Pair
Sometimes all you want is crispy fried pork belly with Chinese broccoli, a pile of greasy-in-a-good-way pad see ew, and a belly-warming bowl of tom yum soup.
Open till 3 a.m. nightly. 5257 Hollywood Blvd.
(6-minute drive from Hollywood Forever Cemetery)

theessentials_masa_t101 Coffee Shop
The classed-up diner grub from Brandon Boudet (Dominick’s, Little Dom’s) goes way beyond coffee and pie.
Open till 3 a.m. nightly. 6145 Franklin Ave.
(7-minute walk from Fonda Theatre)

theessentials_masa_tWood & Vine
Come for the romantic mezzanine perch and the slick patio fire pit; stay for the risotto balls and the fancy chicken and waffles.
Open till midnight, Tue.-Thu., Sun.; till 2 a.m., Fri.-Sat. 6280 Hollywood Blvd.
(1-minute walk from Pantages Theatre)

theessentials_masa_tThe Pikey
Yes, this is a British pub. Yes, there are fish-and-chips. That’s not all. Go for the fluke crudo with cherries and baby kale or veal ragù with chervil pappardelle.
Open till 2 a.m. nightly. 7617 W. Sunset Blvd.
(5-minute drive from ArcLight Hollywood)

The Valley

Valley Performing Arts Center, ArcLight Sherman Oaks, NoHo Arts District

theessentials_masa_tKrua Thai
You’d be hard-pressed to find a better plate of pad thai in L.A. at any hour, let alone at 3 a.m.
Open till 3:30 a.m. nightly. 13130 Sherman Way, North Hollywood.
(9-minute drive from NoHo Arts District)

theessentials_masa_tLaurel Tavern
There are 16 beers on tap if you want to keep the party going and a gut-busting blue cheese burger with candied bacon if you need to stop it in its tracks.
Open till 2 a.m. nightly. 11938 Ventura Blvd., Studio City.
(10-minute drive from Arc-Light Sherman Oaks)

theessentials_masa_tBlack Market Liquor Bar
The show continues at the Valley’s loudest restaurant, where tequila Old-Fashioneds are served alongside Antonia Lofaso’s ricotta gnudi with brown butter.
Open till 2 a.m. nightly. 11915 Ventura Blvd., Studio City.
(10-minute drive from Arc-Light Sherman Oaks)

theessentials_masa_tBoneyard Bistro
The Kobe beef doughnuts and oak-grilled, grass-fed beef ribs should curb any midnight munchies.
Open till 2 a.m. nightly. 13539 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks.
(10-minute drive from ArcLight Sherman Oaks)

theessentials_masa_tLum Ka Naad
Warning: The regional Thai specialties may induce night sweats. Less daring palates should try the house-made Thai sausage or turmeric-papaya curry.
Open till 10 p.m., Mon.; till midnight, Tue.-Wed.; till 2 a.m., Thu.-Sat.; till 11 p.m., Sun. 8910 Reseda Blvd., Northridge.
(15-minute walk from Valley Performing Arts Center)

theessentials_masa_tBow & Truss
An expansive patio bustles with craft cocktail sippers until night’s end. Spain influences the paella-heavy menu as well as the late dinner hour.
Open till 2 a.m. nightly. 11122 Magnolia Blvd., North Hollywood.
(2-minute walk from NoHo Arts District)


Kirk Douglas Theatre, Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, Broad Stage

theessentials_masa_tFather’s Office
Killer burgers and craft beer are only part of what lures a packed house to Sang Yoon’s gastropub—a very, very important part.
Open till 1 a.m., Mon.-Thu.; till 2 a.m., Fri.-Sat.; till midnight, Sun. 3229 Helms Ave, Culver City.
(5-minute drive from Kirk Douglas Theatre)

theessentials_masa_tWaterloo & City
The chefs at this carnivore-centric British pub wear bowler hats. You’ll wear a face full of sticky toffee pudding.
Open till midnight, Tue.-Thu.; till 1 a.m., Fri.-Sat.; till 11 p.m., Sun.-Mon. 12517 W. Washington Blvd., Culver City.
(9-minute drive from Kirk Douglas Theatre)

theessentials_masa_tStella Barra Pizzeria
Feeling decadent? Ask the kitchen to throw a sunny-side-up egg (or two) on your house-made pork sausage pizza. Do yourself a favor and take some cookies to go.
Open till midnight, Mon.-Thu.; till 1 a.m., Fri.-Sat.; till 11 p.m., Sun. 2000 Main St., Santa Monica.
(4-minute walk from Santa Monic Civic Auditorium)

theessentials_masa_tScopa Italian Roots
We don’t often think of noshing on upscale Italian bites like fried squash blossoms and veal Milanese postmidnight—but we should.
Open till 2 a.m. nightly. 2905 Washington Blvd.,
(10-minute drive from Santa Monica Civic Auditorium)

theessentials_masa_tBig Dean’s
Sneak into this beachfront local hang for great beer and even better onion rings. Finish up with a moonlit stroll on the sand.
Open till 2 a.m. nightly. 1615 Ocean Front Walk, Santa Monica.
(7-minute drive from Broad Stage)

theessentials_masa_tEast Borough
Try the wok-charred oxtail or the pho baguette at Chloe Tran’s modern Vietnamese spot geared to family-style feasting.
Open till 10 p.m., Sun.-Fri.; till 11 p.m., Sat. 9810 W. Washington Blvd., Culver City.
(1-minute walk from Kirk Douglas Theatre)


Disney Hall, Music Center, L.A. Live

theessentials_masa_tWon Kok
Perfecting the ratio of guilt to pleasure in guilty-pleasure Chinese food takes skill. This dim sum dive pulls it off.
Open till 3 a.m. nightly. 210 Alpine St.
(4-minute drive from Music Center)

theessentials_masa_tPacific Dining Car
What kind of people come in for a white-tablecloth steak dinner and a martini before sunup? Whoever they are, you want to join ’em.
Open 24 hours daily. 1310 W. 6th St.
(4-minute drive from L.A. Live)

theessentials_masa_tThe Stocking Frame
Downtown’s new neighborhood bar also happens to serve avocado corn bread and octopus tacos to the post-clubbing crowd.
Open till midnight, Tue.-Fri.; till 12:30 a.m., Sat. 911 S. Hill St.
(4-minute drive from L.A. Live)

theessentials_masa_tOriginal Pantry Cafe
The 24/7 landmark has been dishing out mammoth-size portions of all-American fare for 90 years.
Open 24 hours daily. 877 S. Figueroa St.
(11-minute walk from L.A. Live)

Later is better to avoid the perpetually out-the-door line for some of L.A.’s best ramen.
Open till midnight, Mon.-Thu.; till 1 a.m., Fri.-Sat.; till 11 p.m., Sun. 327 E. 1st St.
(16-minute walk from Disney Hall)

Satisfy your noodle, sushi, and katsu cravings while the rest of the city turns in. Shhh—the spicy ramen is on a secret menu.
Open till 1 a.m., Mon.-Thu.; till 3 a.m., Fri.-Sun. 337 E. 1st St.
(16-minute walk from Disney Hall)

Photographs courtesy (in order): (3) dollete; (4); (5); (7); (9); (10) Gary Winterboer; (11); (13); (16); (17); (19) Jeremy Thomas; (20); (21); (23); (24) Jose Wolff.